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Conscious Sedation in Dentistry

Conscious sedation is an effective technique to eliminate and / or reduce fear or phobia in patients in a dental procedure.

Through this technique the patient experiences a state of relaxation and tranquility and, in the same way, preserving their knowledge and sensory perception.

Conscious sedation can be by inhalation or intravenous route.

-Inhalation: The patient inhales, through a mask, a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). Through nitrous oxide the central nervous system relaxes as it intervenes as an analgesic. After completing the dental procedure and the administration of the gas mixture, in minutes the patient regains his normal state.

-Intravenous: This procedure is performed intravenously, through hypnotic drugs and sleep inducers. This type of conscious sedation is performed in longer and more complex procedures and should be directed by an anesthesiologist.

The patient is recommended to go with a companion since the effects of sedation can last about 2 and 4 hours.

The two types of conscious sedation are effective because the patient enters an optimal state of relaxation and rapid recovery.

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